Detroit You've Never Met, The
• 1:10:25- 1:35:80
Producer Detroit Olympic CommitteeAudio/Visual sound, color
Excellent, fast speedboat POV passing Detroit's waterfront. We get a crisp view of its skyline and waterfront.
• 15:07:32- 15:30:21
Good aerial view of Detroit: the camera pulls away from the skyline a bit shakily. Cut to short pan of the city from the water, and finish we image of crowds walking on a busy street.
• 16:11:24- 16:23:21
Dodge City. Excellent pan of a large lot of cars—we see the industrial part of the city surrounding the lot. Camera pans the lot to the Detroit River and a large bridge.
Includes excellent shot of "growing paperwork"
August 11, 2013
(and probably never will)
A really nice companion piece to Detroit: City on The Move except this time, the film was made for the US Olympic committee, who were having second thoughts of supporting the bid when rumors of Detroit's financial problems began swirling. The Mayor and the Governor come out to make speeches (The Governor's is quite spirited!). Some great promises are made here about Olympic sites that of course were never built. I like this one better then the other film. Highly reccomended!
December 4, 2012
Blessing In Disguise
This film was produced in 1962 in support of Detroit's bid to the US Olympic Committee to host the 1968 Olympics. It was a winning bid, and Detroit was widely expected to be awarded the '68 Games. However, last minute maneuvering at the IOC resulted in the Games being awarded to Mexico City. In retrospect, it's probably a good thing Detroit didn't win the Games. In 1962, Detroit's economy was booming. The population decline had begun, but was not, at the time, thought to be worrisome. The undercurrent of racial hostility was not appreciated by Detroit's leaders. Had Detroit won the Games, one wonders whether the 1967 riot would have caused the Games to have been moved. Even had they gone on, many of the facilities envisioned---especially the 110,000-seat Olympic Stadium---would have become enormous white elephants, financially burdening the city for decades. It is sad to watch this film and realize what the fairly immediate future held for Detroit. No one in this film, least of all the Mayor, Governor and corporate leaders, could foresee in havoc to the auto industry that would play out over the next 20 years or the effect of "white flight" following the riots. This is truly a document of another era---an era comprised of hope, optimism and naivete in equal measure.